Hmm, a fat tax...
How about a pound for every pound your over weight? No I'm only joking I'm not that cruel.
This kind of debate raises the issue of "how much should the Government interfer"
, the issue of the nanny state vs helpful Government
I believe the Government should protect the people not from themselves but from corporations and business.
While shopping the other day standing in the queue to pay I noticed a drinks chiller cabinent filled with an array of drinks, artfully placed so
people standing in the queue will feel the urge in this hot weather to get a drink.
It was however the prices that I noticed, the healthier fruit based drinks were significantly more expensive than the unhealthy fizzy drinks, so
naturally people reach for the cheaper sweeter drink.
Hell, ask kids what they prefer coke or fruit juice and 90% will go for coke.
I believe in fat tax but not directly applied to the people, although it is indirect but through choice.
I believe greater taxation of junk foods and drinks is needed, big business would be put in the situation of the more unhealthy the food or drink the
more tax the Government would take.
This would promote even big business to change their ways (although I am living in a dream world with this)
, because lets face it the most
important thing to them is profit not the people they sell their products to.
Originally posted by Chris McGee
My point is (i have one, honest) where do you stop? The entire point of the NHS is treatment for all. The NHS is not there to make judgements on
peoples lifestyles, it is there to treat illness. Trying to use it as either a method for social engineering or a political tool is to desecrate
the principal of universal healthcare.
I personally believe the NHS is there to both treat illness and
promote healthy lifestyles, although it should never
against smokers, footballers, drinkers etc.
I see nothing wrong with the NHS telling people smoking is bad, too much drinking with rot your liver or that eating unhealthy food will make you
unhealthy, they are simply trying to promote a healthier nation.
to correct my out of this world claim that unheathy food made you healthy
[edit on 14-6-2006 by Prometheus James]